John P. Bailey is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on finding new ways to reskill individuals who have lost their jobs during times of economic disruption, whether because of normal business cycles, automation, or artificial intelligence. His research on related issues includes exploring ways policies can better support new training models. He is also working with state and city policymakers, investors, and philanthropists around the implementation of Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds. He is also an advisor to the Walton Family Foundation.

Mr. Bailey previously served as special assistant to the president for domestic policy at the White House from 2007 to January 2009, where he worked primarily on education and labor policy issues. Earlier, he worked on economic mobility and other issues in the Departments of Commerce and Education. Before joining AEI, he worked with state policymakers on a wide range of education issues as the vice president of policy for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Mr. Bailey cofounded Whiteboard Advisors, a strategy and consulting firm, and has advised many presidential campaigns. He is a member of the Education Reform Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and a board member of the Data Quality Campaign, which focuses on education data.

His writings include book chapters for “Education Savings Account” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), “Educational Entrepreneurship Today” (Harvard University Press, 2016), and “Private Enterprise and Public Education” (Teachers College Press, 2013).

Mr. Bailey is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. He received his B.A. in international studies from Dickinson College.


  • Fellow, Walton Family Foundation, 2017–present
  • Strategic Adviser, Walton Family Foundation, 2016–17
  • Vice President of Policy, Foundation for Excellence in Education, 2014–16
  • Executive Director, Digital Learning Now!, 2012–16
  • Cofounder and Director, Whiteboard Advisors, 2009–14
  • Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy (mainly for education and labor issues), The White House, 2007–09
  • Senior Program Officer, National Initiatives, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2006–07
  • Deputy Director of Policy, 2006; Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary, 2005–06, US Department of Commerce
  • Deputy Policy Director, Bush-Cheney ’04, 2004
  • Director of Educational Technology, 2002–04; Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Education, 2001–02, US Department of Education
  • Director of Educational Technology, 1997–2001; Special Assistant to the Secretary, 1995–97, Pennsylvania Department of Education


Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
B.A., international policy studies, Dickinson College
Dickinson Center for European Studies, Bologna, Italy